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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNRELIEVED

And still there was no ray, nothing but unrelieved blackness.

She was dressed in white muslin, unrelieved by ornament or any suggestion of colour.

The sky was unrelieved by any further flashes of light for many minutes.

It was a toilsome and dreary march, unrelieved by aught to lessen the fatigue.

Ten years of it—ten years of dogged work and unrelieved failure.

In the unrelieved darkness of the night I slept there alone.

It looked a desolation, a poignant gloom, an unrelieved sorrow.

He wants the gloom of Haxard's death to remain in unrelieved inkiness at the end.

Morton Eden's reports to Grenville form an unrelieved jeremiad.

Not all the Orient has been given over to unrelieved despotism.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "alleviate (pain, etc.), mitigate; afford comfort; allow respite; diminish the pressure of," also "give alms to, provide for;" also figuratively, "take heart, cheer up;" from Old French relever "to raise, relieve" (11c.) and directly from Latin relevare "to raise, alleviate, lift up, free from a burden," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + levare "to lift up, lighten," from levis "not heavy" (see lever).

The notion is "to raise (someone) out of trouble." From c.1400 as "advance to the rescue in battle;" also "return from battle; recall (troops)." Meaning "release from duty" is from early 15c. Related: relieved; relieving.

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